“THE WITNESS” BECOMES 30

June 5, 2010

WOW!!!  That was Excellent!  Praise the Lord!!!  These thoughts went through my mind as I was leaving this year’s opening performance of a special event.

I have been living in Hot Springs for almost 15 years now, live only 10 minutes away, and had never seen it before.  There are many excuses.  But when Judy McEarl, the director of the play invited me and my family because of my association with Change Point, how could I turn it down?  I had no idea that I lived so close to the beautiful Panther Valley Ranch area where “The Witness” is performed.

Church groups had come from Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas to view the opener.  Folks from Missouri and Illinois were also in the crowd.

They were not disappointed.  Judy and the cast and crew have done an outstanding job of creating a musical that represents the life of our Savior.

The play begins as soon as the sun goes down.  That means that the starting time changes throughout the season.

On this particular evening, as the life of Jesus was wonderfully depicted, one could look up at a cloudless sky and view the same stars that Jesus saw (and had created) when he walked among us.  The song selections were outstanding; certain events of Jesus’ life chosen creatively.  There was joy, humor, laughter, and tears.

When the soldiers marched into the garden to arrest Jesus, I could imagine what it must have been like on that night long ago; very similar but darker.

The resurrection was awesome.

What a blessing it was to see a special edition of a special show.

And it was right under my nose all of the time.

I look forward to seeing it again soon.

Chris Reimers

“The Witness” website:

http://www.witnessproductions.com


JAMES TAKES FIRST STEPS

June 2, 2010

The Trent Family at Change Point

Every once in a while you have one of those experiences.  I had one yesterday.

A family came into the Center to continue parenting classes.  I was blessed to be the one to spend time with them.

Bobby Trent, the one with the hat on in the picture above, is holding his grandson James. Bobby is Shandi’s father.  Shandi is the one with the big smile on the left of her Dad as you look at the Picture. James is Shandi’s son.

Cindy Trent, Bobby’s wife (pink shirt) was there also, along with Vanessa (blue shirt).  Vanessa and Shandi are sisters.

We had our session in one of the counseling rooms at Change Point (There is a link below if you would like to see the Change Point website).  The subject for the day was communication, and James was in the mood to do just that.  He was chatting from the time we walked into the room, was very patient with me throughout, and clearly understood most of what went on.

While playing on the floor during the discussion, James reached over and grabbed my shoe.  I had been accepted.

About half-way through our “class,” Vanessa was clearly startled by something that had happened.

I asked her about it.

“James just walked,” she said.  “He walked for the first time.”

“I didn’t see it,” said his mom.

“It’s OK,” I said. “You’ll see plenty of it.”

The room was quiet.

I wish I could quote word for word what Shandi said next.  Maybe Shandi remembers and can tell me.  She has a great memory.  She knows how I know this.

“My job just got harder,” she stated.

Laughter filled the room.

I didn’t see James take his first step and I can’t remember mine.  However, I felt it an honor to be there on the day a young child began his journey.

The word “walk” is used many times in the Bible.

God said this to King Solomon:

“If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.”

Solomon began his prayer of Temple dedication with these words:

“O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart.”

These are the first words in the Psalms:

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.”

Luke describes Zacharias and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, like this:

“They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord.”

In his letter to the people of Rome, Paul wrote:

“Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”

James took his first steps yesterday.  He is a blessed little boy.  He has a mom, aunt, and grandparents who believe in the words quoted above.

I was blessed to be there for his first steps.  May God continue to be with James and bless his walk through life.

Chris Reimers

http://changepointcenter.com


AMERICA IS BROKE

May 18, 2010

As I made my way down Grand Avenue a few weeks ago, another sign was up.  It read, “Retirement Sale.”  Tommy’s, a furniture and appliance store, is another local business that is calling it quits.

Yesterday, the destination was Sears.  The brakes had to be fixed.  Surprisingly, several businesses had closed on the “happenin” side of town since the last time I’d been there.  In fairness there were a few new ones.

Why mention these observations?

It doesn’t take a financial guru to know that we’re in trouble after reading this line from an online article yesterday:

The United States’ national debt will soon reach 100 percent of gross domestic product, the International Monetary Fund predicts in a new report. (See link below)

We are not that far away from facing numbers similar to Greece, a tiny country whose financial situation caused the New York Stock Exchange to plunge 1000 points recently.

Many baby-boomers are expecting soon (and for a long time)  to collect social security benefits from a system that they have paid into for years.  One can reasonably question how the money will appear.

It looks like Bible prophecy, as I understand it, may soon be fulfilled.  The scriptures tell of a time when all buying and selling are monitored.  They speak of a time of travail.

“Do not worry about your life.”  These are the words of Jesus.  The words are mentioned here because the above information could easily cause anxiety.  The Bible also says that if you don’t work you won’t eat.  Many Americans are hard working people.  There is a growing number, however, that expect others to do their work for them.  There is another group that is willing to go deep into debt to have what their friends have.

Some  schools are now providing more than breakfast and lunch to hungry youngsters.  Dinner is also a part of the school day in some school districts.

Admittedly, many parents have lost jobs and can’t provide food for their children.  A majority of Americans used to feel unwarranted shame if their hard work wasn’t enough to put food on the table.  Today, a large portion of the culture has come to expect “help.”  Many buy things they can’t afford before thinking of paying for the “free” meals their children are getting at school.

The cost of today’s cultural attitudes is our freedom.  Nothing comes without a price.  The government will feed our kids in exchange for the ability to shut the possibility of the existence of a supreme being out of our classrooms.

Why are we broke?

We have decided, in a slow and methodical manner, to remove God from the process.  If you want to see where we’ve come from, check out the following story.  It is found within another “Wings” post.  Click on this address and scroll down to the ***:

http://chrisreimersblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/is-the-census-bureau-encouraging-people-to-lie-is-the-national-day-of-prayer-unconstitutional

Christian principles, practiced by those who came before us, took this nation to great heights.  Over the past 120 years or so, a growing segment of our society has decided that Christian principles are intolerant.  This view has accelerated in the last few decades.

The God who blessed this nation is someone that many don’t want to hear from anymore.

Why should anyone be surprised that we are in our situation?  We are not only broke financially.  It is much worse than that.  We are also broke spiritually, something that can only be fixed by turning back to the God that made this country great.

Chris Reimers

The article about the IMF report:

http://www.moneynews.com/StreetTalk/imf-us-debt-gdp/2010/05/17/id/359219?s=al&promo_code=9E57-1

Articles about technologies available to “tag” us:

IBM, Positive ID and Verichip hope to get all humans tagged with microchip implants

http://www.blacklistednews.com/news-8734-0-10-10–.html


THE ACCEPTANCE OF HOMOSEXUALITY – A SAD INDICTOR OF WHERE WE ARE

May 6, 2010

Dale McAlpine, a Baptist preacher who has been preaching on the Streets of London for years

__________Attached is a recent story about a preacher in England who was arrested for preaching that homosexuality is a sin.  On the day that he was taken to jail, one of the people listening to him was the “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender liason officer” for the local police department.

Some of you may be aware that I tried to contact every pastor in Garland County attempting to get them involved in signing a petition to get ACT 1 on the ballot of 2008.  Only 1 in 3 chose to get involved.  The Arkansas Family Council had done extensive work making sure that it was legal for churches to be involved in the petition drive.  The churches were informed of this fact.

The reason I spent so much of my time trying to get churches to sign petitions was because of my concern for the children being placed in foster and adoptive homes with homosexual couples.  I imagine the negative impact such an environment has on a young mind.

Of 100,000+ residents in Garland County, my guess is that 50,000 are old enough to vote and that 40,000 would call themselves Christian.  Sadly, only a little over 4,000 signatures were gathered in Garland County.  Many religious leaders, including elders and deacons in Garland County churches, turned down the opportunity to help protect young children.  IF THE CHURCHES WILL NOT PROTECT OUR KIDS, WHO WILL?

In spite of the poor showing in many counties in Arkansas by the churches, enough signatures were gathered to get ACT 1 on the ballot.  The people of Arkansas voted to approve the law 57% to 43%.

Just recently, ONE Arkansas judge ruled that the law is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.  It remains to be seen if this one judge is going to overrule the will of the entire state.

I will admit that I was SHOCKED at the lack of participation by churches in ACT 1 petitioning.  I was SHOCKED at the lackadaisical attitude about the issue.  I am sure that many church goers would gladly have signed the petition if their church leaders had given them an opportunity.

Unfortunately, many church leaders were AFRAID OF OFFENDING THOSE SITTING IN THEIR PEWS.  Why bother going to church if the Bible is not the guidepost?

The good thing that came from the 2008 petition drive was that it became obvious where the men of God were.

I would be the first to say that we are to love all sinners.  I am a sinner, a truth that becomes more evident with age.

Fortunately, there is a way to have our sins forgiven.  We must tell God we are sorry by changing our behaviors. The Bible is clear that repentance is necessary for forgiveness.  Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “Go and sin no more.” This is true repentance.

Thus, we should love homosexuals, but not deny that their behavior is a sin.  Would we be loving them if we told them something other than the truth?

Chris Reimers

The story about the English preacher: http://www.bible-prophecy-today.com/2010/05/its-getting-dangerous-out-there.html#ixzz0n3mEVrGu


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOT SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL?

May 4, 2010

I heard from three local residents yesterday.  One of the three doesn’t live in the Hot Springs School District, but she is very concerned with recent events occurring there.

I have written before of my concern about the “IB World Programme,” a United Nations sponsored curriculum, now being taught to “the crème of the crop” in four of the HSSD schools.  Information sent to me yesterday makes it clear that the I.B. curriculum isn’t the only problem in the Hot Springs Schools.

HSSD middle school employees are receiving training on gang violence.  Evidently, the situation is getting bad.  A former honor student is now locked in a psych facility because of panic attacks and flashbacks.  Certain thugs told this young man that “they’d get him” and they did.  Many of them laughed on March 12th as he was being strapped to an ambulance gurney shouting “leave me alone, please, please, just leave me alone.”

The young man has been diagnosed with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder.

One citizen has stated that the bullies at the school have no respect for those in authority.  It seems that many kids who want to learn are being threatened and beaten by those who have been sent back into the school by the local courts.

My question is, “What is the Hot Springs School Board doing about this problem?”

I have taught at the Jr. High level and have taken knives from kids (IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL!).  When schools look the other way at fear and bullying going on in their hallways, the results usually spell disaster.

These reports, sadly, don’t surprise me.  How can a school that lacks the wisdom to see the intent of the I.B. “programme” deal with other issues properly?

I have seen in action the leadership of HSSD when they met with the citizens of Park Avenue regarding changes in the school located in their neighborhood.  The HSSD told concerned citizens in the Park Avenue area that they had no say when it came to the kind of school that would be put in their vicinity.

I have also heard recent reports of problems in the Park Avenue area where the HSSD told the residents there would be no ill effects resulting from moving kids who’ve had poor previous records into their neighborhood.

All of these problems have little to do with bad kids.  These problems are the result of poor adult leadership.

Local residents are asking concerned citizens who wish to find out more to attend the next HSSD school board meeting.

The meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 P.M.  That puts this month’s on the 18th.  If you plan on attending a meeting, call 624-3372 to verify time and date.  The meeting is held at the Jones Administrative building.

Chris Reimers

For more on the I.B. Programme, here’s a website published by a concerned American:

http://truthaboutib.com


LOCAL TEA PARTY (HARDLY) MAKES THE FRONT PAGE

April 16, 2010

Pastor Doug Jones makes a few remarks before opening the TEA Party with Prayer - Picture by Barbara Anable

Yesterday’s TEA Party Rally at the Hot Springs Airport made the front page.  Finally, the local TEA Party got some press.  It was at the top of today’s paper.  A closer glance made this local semi-retired semi-journalist wince.

The article makes the local periodical’s views as visible as the “Don’t tread on Me” flag that was flying at Memorial Field.

Not a word is written about who spoke at the rally.  There is a nice picture, but not one quote from a local speaker or attendee.  The Associated Press story that accompanies the nice picture quotes a few national leaders.  Glenn Gallas, a Hot Springs area resident running for the U.S. House of Representatives, and a speaker at the event, isn”t even mentioned.

Most of those who went to the airport yesterday would agree with the “gangster government” quote by Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.  This quote was mentioned twice in the article.  This quote, however, is unbalanced in its attempt to brand TEA Party participants as those who are unable to put more than a few words together.  I have heard the CHAIRMAN of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee try to explain where it says in the Constitution that the citizens of the U.S. can be forced to buy a government health care plan.  Many TEA Party speakers that I’ve heard seem to understand the Constitution better than Mr. Conyers, the Constitutional lawyer.

Whether one agrees with the efforts of the tea party or not, it is a newsworthy event because of the number of folks who are very upset with the direction they see our government heading.  I, for one, am appreciative of those like Mr. Gallas who want to get us back on Constitutional track. They are spending their time are resources to try to make a difference.

Like Mr. Gallas and many others, I believe the next election will tell us where we are one way or another.  Are there enough Republicans and Democrats willing to stand up for what’s written in the Constitution, or are we more concerned about becoming more like other nations?

I am disappointed that the local paper sent only a photographer.

It did send a reporter to the Good Government Group’s Candidate Forum, which was held at the Library at the same time as the TEA Party Rally.

I applaud the GGGG for attempting to help us get acquainted with  those who will be running for office.  The article focused on Terry Smith’s comment that Jo West-Taylor violated Arkansas law.  Mr. Smith is running for Garland County Treasurer and I think he should wait until Ms. West-Taylor is in the room to make such allegations.  The best  Treasurer candidate is running as a Republican, but that’s a story for another day.  The article about the local TEA Party effort should have had some of the local flavor that the GGGG political forum piece displayed.

The local paper knows that it must “cover” these events to keep selling its wares.

On the TEA Party article – It’s attempt to make both sides happy, one side with a large picture, and the other side with an article that’s got no teeth is, at the least, self-serving.  I think the article is an obvious indication of where the paper stands politically.

On the GGGG political forum article – It did what papers do to try to sell papers. It focused on  a controversy.  Why does the paper print editorials from those who oppose its own obvious views?  That’s an easy one.

The GGGG must be taken seriously.  The organization does work that the city (and the county) should be doing.  If it wasn’t for the GGGG, there would be no citizen committee looking into the best way to handle the jail situation, probably the biggest problem the community faces at present.  Because the GGGG is beginning to shake off some of the dirt slung at it from the local elite, dirt that has been printed in the media source that most Hot Water City residents read, the organization is now getting some notice in the same source.

Chris Reimers

(Wouldn’t you like to know, just once, who wrote any editorial piece in the local paper?)


WELCOME TO THE NEW WINGS OF THE WIND!

March 31, 2010

 The plan for this site is to build a “data base” of sites where you can get news that you won’t see in the mainstream media.  The “Links” page is currently empty.  Eventually the “Links” page will contain sources where I get information that is not heard in 90% of the news media.  Maybe these locations can be helpful to others.

I will still post things that I feel are important.  On the local front, I eventually want to find out more about the IB schools of Hot Springs, and I’m sure I’ll have a few things to say about the new water treatment plant that is planned by our city leaders.

Please feel free to continue to email me items of interest.  I will post them as time allows.  For those of you who do not have my personal email, it is:

kimreimers@cablelynx.com

God’s blessings,

Chris Reimers


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